Alberta and Trinity Western top seeds for CIS volleyball championships

 OTTAWA (February 27, 2012) For the first time in four years, the University of Alberta Pandas head into the CIS women’s volleyball championship as tournament favourites.

The seeding was announced Sunday for the 2012 CIS tourney set to get under way Friday at McMaster University in Hamilton. The eight-team competition concludes next Sunday, March 4 with the gold-medal at 4 p.m.

Rounding out the seeding behind newly-crowned Canada West champion Alberta are the reigning four-time national champion UBC Thunderbirds (Canada West finalists), No. 3 Montreal Carabins (RSEQ champions), No. 4 Saint Mary’s Huskies (AUS champions), No. 5 McGill Martlets (RSEQ finalists), No. 6 Trinity Western Spartans (Canada West bronze medallists), No. 7 Queen’s Gaels (OUA champions) and No. 8 McMaster Marauders (championship hosts).

Alberta secured its No. 1 status thanks to a five-set upset win against UBC in Saturday night’s Canada West final in Vancouver.

On the men’s side, the reigning national champion Trinity Western University Spartans head into the CIS men’s volleyball championship ranked number-one

The men’s championship kicks off Friday at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont. The eight-team competition concludes next Sunday, March 4 with the gold-medal at 4 p.m.

Rounding out the seeding behind Canada West champion Trinity Western are the No. 2 Manitoba Bisons (Canada West finalists), No. 3 Laval Rouge et Or (RSEQ champions), No. 4 Alberta Golden Bears (Canada West bronze medallists), No. 5 Queen’s Gaels (OUA champions and hosts), No. 6 Calgary Dinos (Canada West fourth-place finishers), No. 7 Western Mustangs (OUA finalists) and No. 8 Dalhousie Tigers (AUS champions).

SSN Canada will have live webcasts of all matches, including the main and consolation brackets.

For more information: www.cis-sic.ca